It's almost summer!

How to: Summertime in Edmonton

With summer break rapdily approaching as Alberta enters Phase 2 of the "Open for Summer" Plan, it's beginning to look as if all restrictions could be lifted right in time for warm weather and cool drinks in the company of friends! So, what better time than now to start looking ahead to the reopening of the attractions and events that we Edmontonians have been waiting for. Fortunately, you won't have to look very far, just scroll down to get a few ideas!

Fort Edmonton Park - Back in Business!
The re-opening of Fort Edmonton Park, which has been closed for over a year for a long-planned enhancement project, is nearly here! Fort Edmonton Management Company has now set its sights on opening the doors on July 1 Canada Day, subject to AHS restrictions and guidelines. The $165 million enhancement, funded by all three levels of government, includes new features and exhibits like the Indigenous Peoples Experience, new attractions added to the Johnny J. Jones Exposition, and a new front entry plaza and admissions area. Tickets to the park can be purchased online at fortedmontonpark.ca in the coming weeks. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will be required to pre-book their tickets.

Enjoy the River Valley Trails!

There’s green space, and then there’s the North Saskatchewan River Valley. This vast collection of scenic parks is 22 times bigger than New York City’s Central Park. Over 150 kilometres of trails, pathways, and golf courses connect 20 parks, where locals and visitors picnic, bike, run, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, take a paddleboat or Segway. Bring the whole family and make a day of it!

University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Be amazed by the wealth and diversity of nature at the stunning University of Alberta Botanic Gardens – a must-visit for lovers of flora, fauna and beautiful things. With 80 acres of display gardens (and 110 additional acres of natural areas and ecological preserves), there’s tons to explore. Don’t miss the new Aga Khan Garden—4.8 hectares of modern architectural beauty inspired by Moghul traditions, and designed for the Edmonton region’s climate and topography.
 

Alberta Legislature

Set atop the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Alberta Legislature is a marvel of marble pillars and carved oak. Discover the Alberta Legislature on a free guided tour, offered hourly. Ask about the Famous Five who fought for women’s right to vote. Learn about the fascinating stories behind the portraits and magnificent art. Glance at the bejeweled gold and silver ceremonial mace. And don’t forget to listen for the phenomenon known as the “magic spot”.
 

Information Courtesy of RoadTripAlberta.com & KeepExploring.canada
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Today’s Bank of Canada rate hold announcement marks almost four straight years that the key benchmark rate has remained unchanged, since September 8, 2010. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit; the prime rate stays at 3%.

 

The announcement noted that “the risks to the outlook for inflation remain roughly balanced, while the risks associated with household imbalances have not diminished.” With these considerations, the Bank is maintaining its monetary policy stimulus, and remains neutral with respect to the timing and direction of the next change.

 

The next rate-setting day is October 22nd.

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